President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled an insurance package with an assured sum of GH¢350,000 for each health personnel and allied professional at the forefront of the fight against the deadly coronavirus.
Additionally, the president noted, a daily allowance of GH¢150 is being paid to contact tracers as part of the measures being pursued by the government to strengthen the capacity of health professionals to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
In his address to the nation yesterday, the President also said: “the government has also decided that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months,” being April, May, and June.
All frontline health workers will also receive an additional allowance of 50 percent of their basic salary per month for March, April, May, and June.
According to the President, free transportation will be provided to health workers in Accra, Tema, Kumasi, and Kasoa to and from work, along specific routes, for the entire duration of the restrictions.
The Ministry of Transport is expected to make these new arrangements using the Aayalolo bus services which currently operate in some parts of the Greater Accra Region and the Ashanti Region.
He noted that it was vital to protect the lives of frontline health workers, who are risking their lives every day to battle this virus. To this end, he said the government is placing a high priority on the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for them.
In line with this, he disclosed that a total of 350,000 masks, 558,650 examination gloves, 1,000 reusable goggles, and 20,000 coveralls have been sent to the regional health directorates, for onward distribution to the district health directorates for use by our health workers in all the districts.
It also includes 7,000 N-95 respirators, 500 waterproof gumboots, 2,000 reusable face shields, 2,000 gallons of hand sanitizers, 10,000 100ml pieces of hand sanitizers, and 500 shoe covers.
He said the Minister for Health is ensuring that they reach the health workers. “This, notwithstanding, the government is aware that more needs to be done, especially in the face of the global shortage of PPEs,” he added.